Greenbriar Dartboard Picks

Our ongoing little experiment to test the depth of the fields in PGA Tour events continues: how would a randomly selected slate of ten players match up against the ten experts at who attempt to pick the winner each week? Are the Tour players so good that any one of them could win any week? They are, but how often?

Here are the results from last week’s RBC Canadian Open played this year at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Coming out of the 7th slot, the overachiever of the week for the Experts was Bo Van Pelt. He looked good to win the whole thing until he made the turn and went 4-over in five holes. It belied the presence and bearing he exhibited most of the day. He looked like the winner but finished 3 back. Charl Schwartzel continues to make the case that his Master win was no fluke; his Sunday, 6-birdie run shot him up the leaderboard on a very hard course.  Luke Donald managed to creep into a top 25 with a late, 3-birdie run on Sunday. And 9 of the 10 made the cut. Not bad.

Bo Van Pelt (T6)

Charl Schwartzel (T9)

Luke Donald (T17)

Rickie Fowler (T22)

Ben Crane (T29)

Ryan Moore (T29)

Hunter Mahan (T34)

Jim Furyk (T34)

Lucas Glover (T40)

Matt Kuchar (MC)

The Dartboard didn’t fare as well with 6 guys missing the cut, which was not surprising given their higher world rankings. Charl Swartzel led the pack here. Coming in at World No. 542, Lee Janzen was the feel-good story of the week with his T17, thus making the case this week for the possibility of Dartboard.

Charl Swartzel (T9)

Lee Janzen (T17)

Jarrod Lyle (T50)

Aron Price (T50)

Albin Choi (MC)

David Duval (MC)

Sunghoon Kang (MC)

Matt Kuchar (MC)

Derek Lamely (MC)

Rod Pampling (MC)

And here are the picks for the Greenbriar Classic played on the Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

Here are the Experts’ Picks (with their World Rankings in parentheses). It’s almost axiomatic that if Phil Mickelson is in the field, he’s a pick. But if you’re No. 6 in the world, it figures. Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas represent the polished young winners faction of the picks. Webb Simpson and Jeff Overton the young soon-to-be-winners faction. Sergio Garcia is getting close in his rebuilding efforts and Andres Romero finished 3rd last week on a tough Canadian Open course. And lest we forget, Stuart Appleby won this event last year by shooting 59 in the final round. He did it before…

Phil Mickelson (6)

Brandt Snedeker (46)

Bill Haas (47)

Sergio Garcia (48)

Webb Simpson (53)

Jeff Overton (59)

Charles Howell III (86)

Brendon De Jonge (109)

Stuart Appleby (114)

Andres Romero (117)

The Dartboard has a certified recent winner in Gary Woodland who won in Tampa this spring. Ryan Palmer is a 3-time winner, most recently in Hawaii last year. Keegan Bradley won a playoff at this year’s Byron Nelson. Jerry Kelly last won in 2009 in New Orleans. Brett Wetterich won Byron Nelson and $3 million in 2006 and $2.2 million the next. And then he hurt himself. He didn’t even play in 2009. He didn’t make enough money to come off the Medical Extensions list with his card, so he could use a win and he knows how to do it.

Gary Woodland (40)

Ryan Palmer (52)

Keegan Bradley (112)

Kevin Chappell (141)

Jerry Kelly (156)

Greg Chalmers (173)

Brett Wetterich (192)

Scott Piercy (303)

Scott Gutschewski (404)

Ben Martin (714)

Save for rookie Ben Martin, the rest of Dartboard picks are all known quantities who could win any week. Or so the Dartboard assumes. Go Dartboarders!

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